You’re a human being, not a maliciously compliant robot who follows orders exactly as they’re given to them. Without thinking too much. Without expending more energy than needed. Without considering the fact that they’re making life harder for others. But there are plenty of folks out there who actually take their instructions and follow them to the letter, doing the bare minimum, instead of looking at the spirit of what they’re asked to do. This results in some truly hilarious fails that are sure to perk up your mood.

And that’s also how they end up on the ‘Not My Job’ subreddit, a massive community of over 752k people, that’s dedicated to people doing their jobs, but not very well. It perfectly captures one of the many aspects of the human condition, namely, being super lazy and not giving a rat’s behind about how things end up looking.

Upvote the pics from r/NotMyJob that you enjoyed the most, let us know which ones stole your heart, and if you’ve got similar tales to tell, we’d absolutely love to hear all about your colleagues. Oh, and there’s more where all of this came from: you’ll find our first post about r/NotMyJob right over here.

#1

Security Dog

Security Dog

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
2 months ago

When you lie on your resume but still get the job.

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#2

Got The Chatbot Working, Boss

Got The Chatbot Working, Boss

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, now I have that song stuck in my head. Not that I'm complaining; it's an awesome song. :p

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#3

Printed The Sign, Boss

Printed The Sign, Boss

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 months ago

sounds like fun

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In an earlier interview with my colleague, the founder of r/NotMyJob, redditor Ani625, told Bored Panda that the subreddit is all about people doing the bare minimum. And not an iota more!

“This results in the 'product' being far from neat/complete/usable, depending on what it is,” the founder and moderator explained to Bored Panda previously. And that leads to some truly bizarre and absurd situations which the ‘Not My Job’ subreddit is happy to share with the world.

#4

Care To Elaborate??

Care To Elaborate??

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tine
Community Member
2 months ago

My anxiety @ my brain

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#5

I Mean, It’s Important To Follow Safety Protocols

I Mean, It’s Important To Follow Safety Protocols

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
2 months ago

You never know when you get stuck in your car for hours and hours. Good to have some cake to eat.

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#6

Previous Owners Built This House, Told Us There Was Insulation In The Roof. True Story

Previous Owners Built This House, Told Us There Was Insulation In The Roof. True Story

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Laziness can be the mother of invention, however, most of the time it's the mother** of frustration.

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The subreddit will be celebrating its 8th birthday at the end of the month, on July 30, so if you like their stuff, go on and give them a quick ‘hi, congrats.’

The entire ‘Not My Job’ project was started way back in 2013 all thanks to a single viral post on another subreddit. “An image of a dead animal painted over on a road became popular on another subreddit,” the founder said that the road painters were too lazy to do a better job. Things took off from there thanks to someone dropping a spot-on comment.

#7

That’s Good To Hear

That’s Good To Hear

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

Mostly??

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#8

Painted The Lines Boss

Painted The Lines Boss

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SwissCheesy Chess
Community Member
2 months ago

Respect the dead bush.

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#9

“I’m A Painter, Not An Exterminator.” -This Person Probably

“I’m A Painter, Not An Exterminator.” -This Person Probably

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
2 months ago

In the insect world, this is a horror movie. "Oh my god, it's Darren! He's been mummified alive!" PAINTBRUSH: The Nightmare Begins.

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“Someone said the phrase 'not my job!' in the comments, and people seem to be interested in such an idea. I created /r/NotMyJob and linked the subreddit then and there, which got its first few subscribers.”

After that, “users kept on mentioning the sub all over Reddit whenever they saw such content, and the subreddit grew.”

#10

Made The Error Message Boss

Made The Error Message Boss

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel this one!

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#11

Updated Our Working Hours, Boss

Updated Our Working Hours, Boss

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Prilsy
Community Member
2 months ago

What a great job

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#12

Labeled The Sports Boss

Labeled The Sports Boss

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Az
Community Member
2 months ago

I love biking AND biking but I can't stand biking.

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#13

Just Moved Into My New Apartment And Saw This

Just Moved Into My New Apartment And Saw This

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

Somewhere in the world is a very angry jigsaw puzzler.

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#14

Instead Of 2 A's And 2 E's, We Got 4 A's In This Happy New Year Balloon Pack

Instead Of 2 A's And 2 E's, We Got 4 A's In This Happy New Year Balloon Pack

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
2 months ago

You have to read it in a strong accent.

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#15

Delivered The Package Boss

Delivered The Package Boss

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Prilsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Lebowski, you have my package?

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#16

Not Sure How This Made It Through Proofreading, Peer Review, And Copyediting

Not Sure How This Made It Through Proofreading, Peer Review, And Copyediting

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Delta the hybrid
Community Member
2 months ago

Me writing my reports like:

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#17

Proud Of The Local Crew And It Only Took Them A Month

Proud Of The Local Crew And It Only Took Them A Month

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
2 months ago

"I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King popped into my head as soon as I saw this. 🎶

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#18

Rail Installed, Boss!

Rail Installed, Boss!

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I wish I could live in the ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone needs to get fired

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#19

Pasted The Poster Boss!

Pasted The Poster Boss!

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

That's pretty black & white to me

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#20

Made The Warning Label Boss

Made The Warning Label Boss

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Prilsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh no, not stronke!!

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#21

The Chosen One

The Chosen One

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cybermerlin2000
Community Member
2 months ago

Boss said try again. He then got sacked by him for gross sexual misconduct

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#22

Finished The Road Surfacing, Boss

Finished The Road Surfacing, Boss

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
2 months ago

England has the Sword In the Stone, we have the Shovel in the Asphalt.

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#23

Best Before

Best Before

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Nick_Mallory-
Community Member
2 months ago

You decide when it expires😂 You can live for future generations

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#24

Got The Un Logo Boss

Got The Un Logo Boss

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Neil Bidle
Community Member
2 months ago

Good old BBC

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#25

Straight Lines Painted Boss!

Straight Lines Painted Boss!

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

It might look funny but that's just a stretch of road to test new paints.

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#26

I Dressed The Mannyqween Boss

I Dressed The Mannyqween Boss

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like Daddy Warbucks has a secret.

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#27

It’s Not My Job To Dress The Mannequins

It’s Not My Job To Dress The Mannequins

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s not the mannequin’s job ether.

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#28

Trained Everyone Up On The Security System, Boss

Trained Everyone Up On The Security System, Boss

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder what the code might be...

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#29

I Asked For Extra Cheese. It Might Have Been His First Day

I Asked For Extra Cheese. It Might Have Been His First Day

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Nick_Mallory-
Community Member
2 months ago

This is just funny😂

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#30

Wrote The Cleaning Instructions Boss

Wrote The Cleaning Instructions Boss

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
2 months ago

Finally... we can keep the kids busy.

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#31

Beware Don’t Take Your Kids Here On Sundays

Beware Don’t Take Your Kids Here On Sundays

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't take your favourite kids here.

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#32

Made The House Frame, Boss!

Made The House Frame, Boss!

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Nonunion beaver?

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#33

I Mean He Was Just Told To Put An Image

I Mean He Was Just Told To Put An Image

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

He has relatively long hair, just not at the top of his head.

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#34

Changed The Speed Limit Sign Boss

Changed The Speed Limit Sign Boss

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JustAPanda
Community Member
2 months ago

250 is too slow, innit?

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#35

Installed Anti Theft Tags On Collectibles Boss

Installed Anti Theft Tags On Collectibles Boss

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Chich
Community Member
2 months ago

ouch!

Goran S.
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine that on condoms. :)

Billy The Kid
Community Member
2 months ago

pokeaholemon

mcborge1
Community Member
2 months ago

Pokepuncture.

Becklass
Community Member
2 months ago

Gota ruin them all

-Mason-
Community Member
2 months ago

This just makes me furious

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

Hope they don't put those on the condoms.

third molar
Community Member
2 months ago

To be fair some of them are so precious there are gang wars of 5 ye olds in my community

Parmeisan
Community Member
2 months ago

It took me a minute too - the issue is that they punched a hole through the cards

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Sarah Sismey
Community Member
2 months ago

Tbf if someone was asked to put security tags on Pokemon cards and they put them on the top they would just get ripped open and nicked anyway? How not just keep them behind the counter?

Yort
Community Member
2 months ago

Man, even if you weren’t worried about collectibility value, the hole is gonna make them hard to play with.

Vicissitude of Fate
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, it will DEFINITELY deter people from stealing...unfortunately it will also deter customers from buying as well XD

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
2 months ago

Not collectible anymore! 🤣

Alexandra Nara
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

So the theft tags seems to work well

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Ian Taggart
Community Member
2 months ago

😱

Buzz Anderson
Community Member
2 months ago

Good way t make the cards worthless.

Adrienne Doyle
Community Member
1 month ago

Also a way to ensure those aren't stolen.

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Michael Gerard
Community Member
2 months ago

*Insert gif of Genie from the cartoon Aladdin when his jaw drops* I was never into collecting these but MAN!

Killjoyfreak
Community Member
2 months ago

me from a few years ago would be screaming.

xn0
Community Member
2 months ago

Ow! They are punched trough? Nice.

Glynna Bowood
Community Member
2 months ago

Hope you like holes in your cards!

Chloe *Leah* Pheonix
Community Member
2 months ago

Well I hope theres not a legendary in there

Erik Granqvist
Community Member
2 months ago

I once saw a destroyed shipment of expensive Gore Tex clothes destroyed like that. The dude had not realized the needle destroyed the watertight membrane of clothes.

BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
2 months ago

Not the pokemon cards!

Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwwww

Joe Alcocer
Community Member
2 months ago

I'M HYPERVENTILATING!!!

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#36

A+ For Being Ingenious

A+ For Being Ingenious

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wifeofweasley
Community Member
2 months ago

Well at least it works

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#37

Cleared The Snow, Boss

Cleared The Snow, Boss

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

It's the driver's fault. There is usually a sign asking for cars to be moved so the parking lot can be cleared

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#38

Installed The Stove, Boss

Installed The Stove, Boss

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Neil Bidle
Community Member
2 months ago

To be fair, that's a manufacturing fault, not the installer

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#39

Finished The Fence Boss

Finished The Fence Boss

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Chich
Community Member
2 months ago

I want to know the story behind this.

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#40

Application Was So Good, Took Them 6 Years To Read It!

Application Was So Good, Took Them 6 Years To Read It!

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Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't be judging - some people are really slow readers :D

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#41

Door Successfully Installed

Door Successfully Installed

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
2 months ago

It's an American toilet door!

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#42

All He Wanted Was A Nice View And Fresh Air

All He Wanted Was A Nice View And Fresh Air

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Damira Balent
Community Member
2 months ago

This is near my house in Petrčane, Croatia. What makes this even worse is that house is on the beach, and it has unobstructed view to the sea. Uh, "had" unobstructed view to the sea 😂🤦

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#43

Put The Store Capacity Sign Up Boss!

Put The Store Capacity Sign Up Boss!

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Chich
Community Member
2 months ago

Finally! The Tape PDF are getting recognition!

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#44

Face That's Too Handsome It Doesn't Need A Mask On

Face That's Too Handsome It Doesn't Need A Mask On

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third molar
Community Member
2 months ago

1 in 5 guys never wear their masks right!!

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#45

Moving To A New House. This Is Where The Last Owners Had Their China Cabinet

Moving To A New House. This Is Where The Last Owners Had Their China Cabinet

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Neil Bidle
Community Member
2 months ago

At least you can paint to match, that rail looks like it doesn't even match, let alone line up

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